Originally posted by Lionel Hutz Esq:
I assume that you can always slum. If your chip is Prime Minister of Norway, you can always work at McDonalds if you want. That is why Bender keeps the arm.
Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the career chip, if someone with a "high" job can work a "low" one? Who would do the job of the person who working below his assigned career? Someone with a low job? That just throws the whole system out! Chaos! Chaos, I say!
It would make sense to have robots have chips of some sort. After all, there are millions of bending units, so some are probably customized, and others are used in non-bending ways. You don't want to confuse them, so you chip them.
I would think that the fact that a robot is designed for a specific job is the same as a career chip, except that it isn't as enforced as the human equivalent, because it is assumed that a robot will only do what it is programmed. Bender is the exception, as his programming got screwed around in the lightbulb incident in the pilot.
I was thinking about this, and I can't think of anything that directly contradicts the career chip system in Futurama. Granted, it isn't mentioned, but it that doesn't mean it isn't still there. All I can think of that is close is the human police officer (whose name I really should be able to remember, but can't) saying, basically, that he was no longer on the Force in ATOTS. This can still be true under the career chip plan, if the career given to him is not very specific. Perhaps one who is a "Peace Officer" can work as police, mall security, or any number of related jobs. So, is there anywhere else that seems to specifically contradicts the career chip system?